Fusion GPS Founder's Senate Judiciary Testimony Released

Frederick Owens
January 10, 2018

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: "Credible case" of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) posted the entire transcript of Simpson's testimony on Tuesday after a feud erupted between Fusion GPS and Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the United States is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa).

Mr. Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the firm's co-founders, had called for the transcript's release last week in an op-ed in The New York Times in which they accused Republicans of concealing their testimony in an effort to smear the dossier and distract from questions about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

The so-called "Steele dossier" is known for its shocking claims, including that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation - something Mr Trump has repeatedly denied. Simpson has denied that it did and, according to the transcript, told investigators that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Steele that the government also had intelligence from "an internal Trump campaign source".

Feinstein said she released the transcript to set the record straight.

The demand comes one week after Grassley and Sen. Earlier that year, the firm had been probing Trump for a conservative website funded by a GOP donor, but that client stopped paying for the work after it became clear Trump would win the GOP nomination, according to people familiar with the matter.

Simpson had previously declined to answer another question posed by the committee's investigators, citing "security".

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It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. He said that he would like Fusion partners to appear for public testimony.

Fusion GPS was hired in mid-2016 by a lawyer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to dig into Trump's background.

Simpson gave testimony before the committee in August.

Ms. Feinstein moved to do so without the committee's Republican chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, nearly certainly escalating partisan tensions on the committee. Mr Simpson, this source said, had mischaracterised a tip from an Australian diplomat about Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos.

"My understanding was that they believed Chris at this point - that they believed Chris might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization", Simpson said. Lindsay Graham last week asked the Justice Department to investigate Steele, saying they had information that he may have made false statements to the government.

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